On Saturday, December 7th, 2013, hundreds of well-wishers gathered for the opening of New Life Covenant Church’s flagship church-its Main Campus- at 3400 W. Division in Humboldt Park. Led by Pastor Wilfredo de Jesús, better known as Pastor Choco, New Life Covenant Church is one of the fastest growing churches in Chicago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Roberto Maldonado, Alderman Joe Proco Moreno, Representative Luis Arroyo, along with other elected officials were on hand for the ribbon-cutting of the 27,000-square foot space. The new building seats 1,000 congregants. After Mayor Emanuel spoke, everyone was invited inside for tours of the Church, by members of New Life. Puerto Rican Cultural Center Board member Alejandro Luis Molina, Deputy Director Militza Pagan, and Community Liaison Lourdes Lugo were on hand, and congratulated Pastor Choco after the ceremony. Executive Director José E. López was speaking in Philadelphia and sent his felicitations.
For the last 10 years, New Life Covenant has rented out Roberto Clemente High School and performed four Sunday worship services and one Wednesday Bible Study using the school auditorium. Under the leadership of Pastor Choco, the church’s membership has grow from 160 to more than 17,000.